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Frank "Indian" Wongo
(the "Spotted Horse")

BORN   c 1863; (Fought out of Norfolk, Virginia and Portsmouth, Virginia; He was 28 years old in 1891)
WEIGHT 145-155 lbs

Wongo was a stocky, sturdy pugilist; He got his start in boxing while traveling with an Indian medicine show; Reportedly, he was related to the Mohican tribe

Frank defeated such men as Billy Duke, Tommy McManus and Jack Foster

Undated
       James F. "Doc" Payne                                          D 20

1891
Jul 21 Jack Connors               Norfolk, Va                       WF  9

1892
Feb  2 Tommy McManus              Norfolk, Va                       KO 19

1893
Jun    an unnamed opponent        near Wheeling, WV                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
          The opponent was thought to be "John A. Sullivan"
Aug    George Green (Young Corbett)                                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
          It was to be a "sparring" session
Aug 15 -Wongo was to appear in Atlantic City, NJ and perform
         athletic feats
Nov  8 Billy Duke                 Norfolk, Va                       TK  3
          -Some sources report "Virginia Beach, Va"
Dec 30 Charles Johnson            Norfolk, Va                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed

1894
Jan 17 Charles Johnson            Norfolk, Va                       LK  1
          -Some sources report 1/18/94
May    -Wongo was challenged to a bout by Fred Woods at 145-155 lbs
Jun  4 Frank Young (Cuban Wonder) Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul  7 Charles McKeever           Philadelphia, Pa                  LT   
Oct    Dan McConnell              near Chester, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 13 Johnny Dolan               Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Oct 13 John McCann                Philadelphia, Pa                  ND   
Oct 24 -Wongo was scheduled to spar in Philadelphia, Pa
Nov  1 Ed McConnell               Chester, Pa                        D 10
          -Some sources report 11/03/94
Nov    -Paddy Sheehan wanted a fight with Wongo
Nov 24 Pepper Griffin             Philadelphia, Pa                  ND  4
Nov 28 Frank Young (Cuban Wonder) Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  1 Billy Kelly                Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 15 "Scaldy" Bill Quinn        Williamsport, Pa                   D 15

1895
Jan  5 Jack Foster                Philadelphia, Pa                  ND   
          -Foster was called the Welterweight Champion of Canada
Jan    -Joe Morris challenged Wongo to a bout
Jan 18 Jack Foster                Philadelphia, Pa                  TK  1
          -Some sources report "Jimmy Foster";
          Some sources report "Fred Foster"
Jan 18 Pepper Griffin             Philadelphia, Pa                  ND  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb 21 Billy Duke                 Norfolk, Va                        D  3
Mar 26 Dan McConnell              Philadelphia, Pa                  ND  6
Jul  1 George O'Brien             South Bethlehem, Pa              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul  7 -Wongo challenged the winner of the Stanton Abbott-Billy Duke
         bout of 7/08/95
Aug 29 Billy Duke                 Norfolk, Va                        D 11
Sep 10 Jack Hanley                near Washington, DC               LT 23
          -The fight was even up through round fifteen; Hanley pulled
          away from then to round twenty; In round nineteen, Hanley
          landed a corker to Wongo's nose that drew blood; After round
          twenty, Wongo appeared to have something wrong with his right
          hand; His wrist seemed to be severely injured or broken

1896
Sep    "Wilmington" Jack Daly     Baltimore, Md                      D  4
          -Police intervened
Sep 14 Charles Gehring            Baltimore, Md                     ND  2
          -Police intervened
Oct 20 "Wilmington" Jack Daly     Wilmington, De                     L 10
Nov 23 Charles "Rough House" Burns Baltimore, Md                    LK  3
          -Some sources report "Highlandtown, Md"

1897
Feb 26 Dan McConnell              Philadelphia, Pa                  ND  4

1899
Apr 15 Owen Ziegler               Brooklyn, NY                      LK  2
Nov 13 Tommy Williams             Louisville, Ky                    LK  3

1908
Apr 14 Billy Whistler             Baltimore, Md                      D 10


*** Photos Were Provided By William Schutte ***


Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

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